Fireburst Voting


I finished reading Fireburst a little while ago and now have the arduous task of picking my three favourite stories.
Once again, Grant Hudson of Clarendon House has assembled another fine collection.
I joked to some friends on FB that I’d shortlisted about sixty stories for best in book. The quality is that good and at the risk of sounding self-effacing, it’s a wonder my experimental piece was even considered, let alone selected to appear inside.
The very first story by AK Hata, The Girl Who Glowed is a powerful retelling of actual historical events, and one girl’s fight against deadly working conditions. It’s an outright winner, and a blisteringly good start to the collection. One of my votes for best in book.
And don’t think Grant put all the good stuff at the front. Keep reading to the end before moving on to something else. A real gem sits two or three stories from the end from Brandy Bonifas. The Clock Struck Twelve is haunting storytelling based on real life dangers – utterly brilliant. This is also one of my top three.
I have yet to choose my third favourite, it could be
Date Night by Rich Rurshell
Be Nice To Georgie by RLM Cooper
Not Being Me by Gary Bonn
A Dream Life by Lael Brady
Veterans We Two by Jan McCulloch
Seriously, it’s seems unfair to ask is to choose only three when the talent is so amazing.
If you haven’t read Fireburst yet, then try before the deadline for votes on December 24th.



Here’s a blurb for my short story, ‘A Surfeit of Death’ which is to be included in Enigma: The Inner Circle Writers’ Groups Crime/Mystery/Thriller Anthology

July 1936

Heiress Dies Under Mysterious Circumstances

The family of Isabelle Balantine are in shock today, after the glamorous socialite died under unexplained circumstances at the family’s Mayfair house.

You can be sure the culprit won’t be able to avoid the long arm of the law with Superintendent Richard Allinson on the case.

Dastaan World – Evolution


I’ve just finished the current issue of Dastaan World Magazine, entitled ‘Evolution’ and it’s a corker.
In keeping with the title of the current chapter, the Dastaan World website has had an upgrade, with lots panels that slide and flip, both in and up, and other fancy stuff too. Please forgive my overzealous use of technical jargon.
The magazine does not disappoint, in fact it’s a hit. Some highlights follow, although there’s more to it than these excellent stories.
‘The Obelisk’ by Patt O’Neill is worth reading several times. Patt has written a light hearted short that makes you ask the question, What are the politicians really hiding? With each reading a new aspect to the story will present itself to you.
Bruce Rowe’s ‘Deliverance at The Crossroads’ is an excellent and engaging morality tale, that explores one of the great music myths.
Aditya Deshmukh kicks off his residency as master of the drabble with two excellent pieces – ‘Sunlight’ and ‘Madness’. I will look forward to reading more of his work in forthcoming chapters.
And as usual everything is accompanied by great artwork and photography.
And it’s still free
Great work guys

Dastaan World Magazine

Dastaan World Magazine is a new FREE ezine edited by Umair Mirxa.
It has a high-end feel which is beautifully presented with inspiring graphics and artwork. Four issues have been produced so far, and you can see the quality improving with each monthly release. These chaps have a long future ahead of them.
The simple premise behind the magazine is to showcase talent from all areas of art and culture.
The magazine is packed with interesting photography. Has lists and articles about music and films. It also features poetry and fiction, for which artists design interesting accompanying images.
The latest edition included a short piece of flash I wrote called ‘A Bullet for The Horse’ and I was honoured to have a beautiful image, created by Hazan Kazim, to go along with it.
Also appearing is an atmospheric mystery thriller, ‘The Wager’ by Mehreen Ahmed, and poems by Kelly Rivera and Shawn Klemik. (Shawn’s poem is possibly the most beautiful thing I have ever read.) And not forgetting an interesting interview with Grant Hudson of Clarendon House Publishing – if you haven’t heard of him, check out the website
Get a FREE copy of the magazine here
From the Dastaan World facebook page –
“We wish to record history while it’s being made, and yet with a different global narrative. For there is simply too much talk of war and death, hate and crime, politics and corruption. We talk instead about literature, art, music, film and theatre, sports, and everything else under the sun that is creative, productive, and beautiful.
Dastaan World is a community for writers and poets, artists and musicians. For foodies and travellers and photographers. For singers and actors, performers of all sorts. For readers, movie buffs, and bingers of every show ever made for television. It is a hive for collaboration among creative people. It is the place to meet, work together with, learn from, and maybe even teach, like-minded individuals from a variety of different fields and industries. It is a salon for literary and creative debates late into the night, and for the sharing of ideas, language, and culture with people from all over the world.”
Visit their FB page
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Did I mention that it’s FREE !

The Seven Day Book Cover Challenge

Recently I was challenged by my Facebook friend, Jan McCulloch, to list seven books that were particularly important to me. The deal was to post one book cover per day and nominate someone else on take up the challenge. But it was meant to be without comment, so here is my list and why each book is important to me.

Day 1 - And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

This is in my list because it was the first book by Christie that I read.

Day 2 - A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway

This was the first book I read that didn't involve spaceships, time travel, hobbit's, murder, demon cars, dragons or mutant rats. But it is brilliant.

Day 3 - Death in a White Tie by Ngiao Marsh

Murder in 1930's high society - need I say more?

Day 4 - The Secret Garden by Francis Hodgson Burnett

The fact of the matter is that if this book hadn't been written, I would never have met my wife to be. You see, my wife played the part of Martha in the BBC adaptation from the 1970's, and it set her on a life course which eventually led to our meeting.

Day 5 - Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman

A staggeringly good book from two of the most talented storytellers.

Day 6 - Day of The Triffids by John Wyndham

When I first read this as a teenager I knew I wanted to write, and I wanted to write something as gripping as this - superb.

Day 7 - Heavy Weather by P.G Wodehouse

No one writes quite like P.G Wodehouse writes, and no one writes comedy as well or as insightfully as this great man. Pure genius.


The Story So Far…

The Story So Far...

Since I started writing just over a year ago, I have had two stories and a poem accepted for publication in Clarendon House anthologies.

Vortex - Sins of The Father.

Cadence - Run or Hide.

Fireburst - Gods and Owls.

Much of my writing time recently has been taken up with preparing a collection of stories for Clarendon House Publications which I'm tentatively calling 'Deben Market'. The project is currently sitting at about 55,000 words and is about half finished, with twenty stories fleshed out and beginning to take shape.

A 10,000 word murder mystery set in 1930's London has also been submitted to Clarendon House for the Enigma anthology, and also I'm waiting to hear if a little romance will be accepted for their Rapture anthology.

I'm really excited to hear what Grant Hudson, the editor of Clarendon House, thinks of my submission for the Showcase anthology called 'The Old Ways'.

'Serve Cold' has been accepted by Zombie Pirate Publishing for inclusion in their Flash Fiction Addiction anthology. The publication date has yet to be announced.

The mighty and prolific Steven Carr challenged (challenged is too strong a word, encouraged is more fitting), encouraged me to write a western. So I did, it's called 'A Bullet for The Horse' and has been submitted to Typehouse Literary Magazine. I wait with baited breathe.

A sad tale of an immigrant woman is being read by Crannog Magazine - I should hear if it's good enough soon.

And a 1,500 word horror story is looking for a home after not making the grade in a writing contest.

Who knows what the next year will bring.

Fireburst – Available Now

Fireburst - Available Now

My second story to be published by Clarendon House Publications, 'Gods and Owls' - A story of despair and hope, appears in this collection along with 65 other brilliant pieces of flash fiction.

Just take a minute to check out the cover, and observe the talent inside including; Steven Carr, Carmen Baca, Gary Bonn, L. T. Waterson, Shawn Klimek, Riham Adly, R.A. Goli and Brandy Bonifas to name just a handful. I can't wait to read every story.

Get it here


The blurb

Intense, keen, extreme, sincere, deeply felt, wholehearted - you’ll find stories within ranging from the amusing to the overwhelming, from the earnest to the cute.

Clarendon House has once again drawn together a selection of fabulous talents to weave you into their story worlds so that you will scarcely believe what can be done in less than 2,000 words per tale.

Perfect if you want to relish the moments; ideal if you desire entertainment on-the-run; essential if you’re eager to see what the future has to offer in terms of great writers - this is the book for you.

Moony Moore Update

Last summer when I started writing, I intended, as most aspiring authors probably do, to write a novel.

The novel started to grow and I bashed out 50,000 words for NANOWRIMO. I had a hero and a devil in disguise, a love interest and long histories for my characters. I devised a town and a community, and drew maps with street names. Businesses sprang to life and people populated the town.

To my mind, the town of Deben Market was real and filled with the slightly weird characters we may come across once or twice in our lives. A melting pot for the lost and lonely, the bizarre and obscure. On the surface a refined sea side town in England, but scratch that fine veneer of respectability, and the strange histories of the inhabitants rise to the surface.

The novel was to be called The Loneliness of Moony Moore, a murder mystery and ghost story rolled into one.

However, I soon realised that I needed more experience as a writer before a novel could be completed to a standard I was happy with.

At the beginning of this year, I put the project on the back burner and concentrated on short stories. I let my mind and imagination ramble, but I kept coming back to Deben Market. I found myself telling the lives of some of the inhabitants in short story format.

One of those stories became 'Sins of the Father', and was published in Vortex, by Clarendon House Publications earlier this year. I was surprised and honoured to win best story as voted by the members of the FaceBook group, The Inner Circle Writers' Group. Find out more here

The prize for winning, my own anthology of short stories. You guessed it, my stories will be centred around Deben Market and the strangeness that is drawn to it's streets.

The Moony Moore project is evolving.

Fireburst Flash

I am very pleased to announce that my flash fiction piece 'Gods and Owls' is to be included in


Here's the blurb

Intense, keen, extreme, sincere, deeply felt, wholehearted - you’ll find
stories within ranging from the amusing to the overwhelming, from the
earnest to the cute. Clarendon House has once again drawn together a
selection of fabulous talents to weave you into their story worlds so
that you will scarcely believe what can be done in less than 2,000 words
per tale. Perfect if you want to relish the moments; ideal if you desire
entertainment on-the-run; essential if you’re eager to see what the
future has to offer in terms of great writers - this is the book for you.